When I tried to Cook a Surprise for my Brother

Do you want to gift a chef? Plan a surprise for a chef? One thing you definitely shouldn’t gift them is your cooking !! I learned this 2 years ago when I tried to surprise my brother with my confident cooking skills.

My brother is a passionate foodie and an incredible chef. He is so passionate that he gets excited when he sees these..

He takes the knifes into his hand, examines them one by one and keeps looking them with awed eyes. Trust me its not a pleasant sight.

Anyway, one day unfortunately I thought I should make my brother his favorite bitter gourd curry (Karele ki sabji). So I made the curry.

Doesn’t this look nice? Of course, I was excited. However, I still dreaded to taste my cooking. As soon as my dear brother got home, I made him try the dish. Well, good for him, he dreaded my cooking as well. He played smart. Instead of tasting the bitter gourd, he took only the onions. I remember vividly what happened next. One second he put the onions in his mouth and half a second later they were out in the bin !! So I was told, I didn’t prep them well because of which the entire curry was bitter, awfully bitter. Oops !! In my defense, I made it for the first time (and the last) and I couldn’t ask my mother for the recipe because of the time difference.

But my cruel brother got joy out of my misery. By the weekend, our entire family knew the karela story and wouldn’t stop pulling my leg. I have always believed in Karma and isn’t there a saying that Karma gets to you eventually. Well, soon enough I got my revenge. The best part, I didn’t even have to work for it. On a Sunday morning, my brother decided to make Poha for breakfast. He made it, tasted it and threw it out in the bin… His reaction, “This is not even edible. I am never making Poha again!” Eureka !!! After that, whenever someone tried to pull my leg, I shared with them this little poha story and the satisfaction I got was epic.

Our entire family now knows about this. When they have to make fun of someone’s cooking they are like “Yeh toh Purva ke karele ki tarah hoh gayi” (“This is like Purva’s Bitter gourd”) or “Bhaiya ke poha ki tarah mat bana dena” (“Don’t make it like brother’s Poha”).

People who love to eat are always the best people – Julia Child

And gifting them is not very difficult. Here are pocket friendly 10 gifts ideas for a passionate chef.

If you too have some gift ideas like me, or have already gifted a chef, do tell us about it in the comments section.

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10 Gift Ideas for a Chef

Do you want to gift a chef? Plan a surprise for a chef? One thing you definitely shouldn’t gift them is your cooking !! I learned this 2 years ago when I tried to surprise my brother with my confident cooking skills. Read here for the entire story.

People who love to eat are always the best people – Julia Child

And gifting them is not very difficult. Here are pocket friendly 10 gifts ideas for a passionate chef.

1. Whenever I see this Sanjeev Kapoor’s gas oven tandoor, reminds me of mom’s homemade pizza. My mother bakes whole wheat pizzas from scratch on this tandoor.

2. My brother’s favorite… A chef Knives set

3. This condiment set for a foodie chef because they will have too many spices and no space to store them.

4. Books I recommend:

Dare Eat That: A Guide to Bizarre Foods from Around the World

There are people who travel to eat and people who travel for adventure.
And then there are those who travel to eat adventurously.

Divya and Vivek are one such couple. Dare Eat That explores their journey to eat every species on earth, at least once! This ones strictly for non vegetarians unless you want to gross them out.

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Bread and Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread and Wine.

The Flavour of Spice: Journeys, Recipes, Stories by Marryam H. Reshii

A book that celebrates spices, and the integral ways in which they shape what we eat.

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover’s Life List by Mimi Sheraton

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world’s best food.

5. Foodie dice for an experimental chef. Simply roll and accept your challenge. With over 186,000 possible combinations, these foodie dice make sure that no two meals are alike.

6. If u want to take the risk of cooking like i did…. This is my family’s blog of delicious vegetarian recipes. Please note, Poha and Karela are not part of this blog.

7. The Infinity Wireless Bluetooth Speaker are perfect for a chef who enjoys listening to podcasts / music while cooking.

8. My Mom’s favorite is this Compact Chopper with 3 blades for effortlessly chopping vegetables. She has already gifted this to a lot of friends and family.

9. Wonderchef for Master chef. This is Compact and consumes less space. Good for small portions.

10. When all else fails…Put your apron on! No matter how many clothes a chef buys, in the end apron is all that is needed.

If you too have some gift ideas like me, or have already gifted a chef, do tell us about it in the comments section.

For a gift consultation, drop an email at mycrazyscissors@gmail.com
or Book Appointment for Consultation at http://bit.ly/MyCrazyScissors

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To: Myself

Where i left off.. Surprise Surprise !!

The only reason i give gifts and surprises to people is so that someday they will also give me a surprise (selfish motive). But its sad to realise that people don’t realise this (infact very depressing) And that is why I love ordering things online… because when they arrive its like a present from me to me (YAY!!).

As they say.. why depend on someone else for your happiness. Love yourself.. pamper yourself.. get a spa appointment.. take a couple of solitary hours.. go for an early walk in the fresh air and look at the sun rise.. get a reservation at your favourite restaurant… gift yourself… like a customised phone cover.. with your favourite picture or a picture of your favourite actor.. or a minion phone cover like i gifted myself (minion love.. they are super cute!!) My minion love is so much that i took away my sister-in-law’s minion t-shirt gifted to her… afterall it was a size big for her but perfect for me.. (well ! One more gift to myself). I also got a customised laptop skin with my picture.. stuck it on my laptop so that everybody knows its MY laptop and nobody can steal it (Courtsey: Printvenue). I love photo gifts. Either i get something custom made or make something myself. Right now i am converting one of the walls in my room to a huge photo collage !!

Pictures. Memories. Happiness and sadness. Smiles and tears. You feel lonely and suddenly you realise there are so many people who love you. You were bored and now you are excited. You were sad but now you are happy. You were crying and suddenly you are smiling…even laughing. You are old but you feel younger. You think you are losing memory but the moments captured in the pictures seems like just yesterday…. !!

I read somewhere,

A photograph is something you can look at and remember the old times. A picture is not only a reflection of people.. It’s a reflection of compassion,love and memories of good times… A smile happens in a flash, but the memory can last a lifetime.

There can be no better gift than pictures.. because what you feel is stronger and dense than what you can see or hold in your hands.

Once I saw something and I loved it instantly. It was something that you generally gift to people. But i didn’t know anybody whom I could give it to other than me.. so I bought myself a gift ! And since then this exciting journey began…

Keep loving !

Keep gifting !

Somebody please get me a gift !!

Duniya main do tarah ke log hote hai … (the world has 2 types of people) …
One, the fault-finders! Those who can never be pleased. Whether u get them something they really want or pay them a nice compliment, they are just never happy. Gifting them can be a mammoth of a task. I’d say, give them the time and attention they want, take them shopping and watch them burn a hole in your pocket.

The other, is the kind who genuinely value every piece of gift they get. Even if it’s just your time. They are my favourite people. It’s easy to gift them…I can conveniently get them a home-made treasure and top their list of favourite people forever.
And then there is MOI. You ask me what I want, I would probably say “oh !! nothing” but in my mind I am running a list of a zillion out-worldly and atrociously exotic things that I wish you’d get me. But I will settle with “ok i will tell you if I think of anything”. But in my head, I’m screaming ‘Now You Better Get Me Something!!!’

When my mom overhears me putting forth my demands to my cousins she calls me “Makti” (greedy). But well, I’m proudly and unabashedly greedy. In fact, I keep reminding people to get me gifts. You know, people tend to forget these days with such busy lives.
But the reality is that the gift doesn’t matter. It’s my excuse to connect with them, stay in their thoughts and retain the child-like relationship with them. It’s more so about creating memories, laughing with them, clicking the crazy selfies, troubling each other, sending crazy little things to each other – all to let them know how important they are.

Friendship, A Mystery !

Friendship… what is friendship? I think it is the most complicated and mysterious relation among all the relationships. You never know who comes into your life, when they do and and for how long will they stay in your life.
We make promises of being “best friends”, “forever friends”, “friends for life”… as much as we want to but are we able to keep those promises ? Our day wouldn’t end without talking to each other and now days go by when we havent messaged each other… Earlier we used to meet everyday, then once every week then once a month and now months,  sometimes even  an year passes by.. We promise to always be there for each other. We also say “I am just a call away” but then that call is not made anymore… It is funny how things change… We have moved from ” lets meet and plan” to ” lets plan to meet” and still rarely succeed. Today everybody is busy in their lives.

Sometimes you don’t meet people often but when you do you continue from where you left off last time… nothing seems to be changed.. even when you meet after a long time you know you have each others back.. like they say “old is gold”… trust gets stronger with time… we don’t talk much in college and after a couple of years we meet every weekend !! After years of not being in touch we meet a friend and we’re still friends. Good to get in touch with old pals.
Friendship is weird. Friendship is childish. Friendship is funny. Friendship is stubborn. Friendship is love. Friendship is family. Friendship is happiness. Friendship is hatred for the same person. Friendship is to help each other with their crushes. Friendship is being yourself. Friendship is complicated. Friendship is Never being alone. Friendship is a mystery. Friends may come and go but Friendship is Forever…

Dedicated to all my beautiful friends !! Biggg hugggg

Surprise Surprise !!

To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to gift them something silly… like a potato nicely packed and wrapped with a nice message.


I gifted this to a friend (idea courtesy: oyehappy) and she immediately gave me my return gift.. 5 mins of cursing… phew !! Even today when she gets to know i have gifted another friend a box of chocolates she goes all hyper and starts cursing me all over again… But the best thing about all this is… she will always remember me and my gift. The reason behind writing this blog is also her.. She was the one who pushed me into writing it…

One of my closet friend recently got married and moved to a different city. I wanted to create memories with her with whatever little time she was at home. I was browsing for ideas when i came across this “If you really want your friends to remember you, give them something cheap.” And that was it… i asked her to give me half day of hers.. I went to pick her up with a cup of coffee I made. Then went to a donuts place to have a sweet little donut. Oh! and i had hand written small messages and quotes for her on small slips of paper. I kept giving her one every few minutes. I took her to a street where there were very less people around (u see, less people less embarrassing !!) and asked her to open the car trunk for a surprise.

I had filled the trunk with balloons (red colour, heart shaped because i couldnt find any other). And the balloons had messages written on slips of paper inside them. She had to pop all the balloons right there on the road !! Well… both of us were embarrassed but were laughing our lungs out.. after so much drama finally we ended our day with lunch and laughter.. Both of us can never forget that day.

I believe the best gifts come from the heart, not the store. I like to make things for my loved ones and surprise them. he best gifts come from the heart, not the store. I like to make things for my loved ones and surprise them.

Once i made an edible fruits bouquet for my father’s birthday (with the help of my mom ofcourse).

And on my mom’s 50th birthday i had made her a nice ‘Explosion Box’ card (idea courtesy: Google) with pictures (made it all by myself.. So Proud !!). The best gift to give your partner is to cook a meal (their favorite) for them. Its true the way to a man’s (women’s too) heart is through his stomach. I read this somewhere, “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” As simple as customized photo mugs or photo collage can do the trick. I had also made a video for a friend’s birthday with his pictures and his favorite songs and also songs to describe our friendship. There is a lot of customization going on these days.. and i simply love pictures.. they bring back wonderful memories.. it brings colors to a boring day.. I have decided to gift myself a photo wall. I have started filling a wall in my room with pictures. I cant wait to see the completed wall.. too much excitement !!!

The only reason i give gifts and surprises to people is so that someday they will also give me a surprise (selfish motive). But its sad to realise that people don’t realise this (infact very depressing) And that is why I love ordering things online… because when they arrive its like a present from me to me (YAY!!) How shopping therapy works for people gifting therapy works for me.

Keep Loving

Keep Gifting

Cheers !!